Solo and Ensemble Festival

The State Solo and Ensemble Festival took place at Northern Michigan University on Saturday, March 23. This festival was for high school students in the Upper Peninsula districts of the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association.

This festival was for soloists and small groups. Students receive rankings and comments from judges. Certain top students are recommended for participation in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival held in May at Western Michigan University. Otherwise, there were not “winners” as a part of this festival.

Each district has its own festival in February. Students who are rated well at this event go to the state competition.

The host of this event was Robert Engelhart, department chair of the music department at NMU. He can be reached at or 906-227-2563.